30 April 2015

There is still time to nominate a special young person who deserves recognition for one of this year’s Youth Ambition Awards.

The awards, run by Northamptonshire County Council and Connexions, aim to showcase some of the fantastic achievements of young unsung heroes across Northamptonshire.

Previous winner

Among last year’s winners was the young volunteer team at the Phoenix Youth Centre in Daventry. The team was nominated in the Project or Campaign of the Year category in recognition of the way the group works together to provide fun and learning activities for other young people at the Phoenix Friday Clubs.

Amelia Spalding, a youth worker at the centre, said: “Winning a Youth Ambition Award meant a huge amount to the young volunteer team as it meant they were being recognised for their efforts.

“These young people come in every week to do their bit and to have Northamptonshire County Council recognise this and reward them with a Youth Ambition Award was fantastic.

“It motivated them to keep doing the good job they’re doing, recognised them as role models for other young people and really boosted their self-esteem.”

The categories

The Youth Ambition Awards are held jointly with Northamptonshire Newspapers' education awards and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony taking place at Wicksteed Park pavilion on Wednesday 8th July.

The five Youth Ambition Award categories are:

  • Young Apprentice of the Year
  • The Arts Award
  • Young Role Model of the Year
  • Project or Campaign of the Year
  • The Taking Charge of Your Life Award

Nominations are open until Friday 5th June. Full details about the award categories and how to nominate can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youthambition.